Google Android Mobile Phones in the UK

They're all mobile phones. Although apparently you're supposed to call them "SmartPhones" these days. What difference does it make? Seriously, who cares, just call them all Mobile Phones and keep it simple.

Anyway - I was interested in finding out about Google / Android phones, and thought maybe the best solution was to find and collate the information myself. So here goes - a guide / timeline of Google phones and any alternative names used for the devices (nice way to add confusion to an already confusing market place guys!)

2011 Phones: Ones to watch... (Availability in UK unknown so far...)
Samsung Infuse 4G - Engadget - 4.5" Super AMOLED.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc - Engadget - 4.2"
LG Optimus Black - Engadget - 4"
21/02/2011 - LG Optimus 2x Dual core 1ghz CPU, 1080p video, 8mp, 4" screen.

2010 Phones: - Announcement Date / Release date, Device / AKA, Release OS etc
15/12/2010 - Google Nexus S (by Samsung), 4.0" AMOLED Curved glass, 1ghz, 5mp, OS:2.3, Reviews.
08/11/2010 - Motorola Defy Dust and Water resistant, 3.7" screen, 800mhz, 5mp, OS: 2.1, Amazon UK.
01/11/2010 - HTC Desire Z, 3.7" screen, 720p video, 800mhz, 5mp, Keyboard, OS:2.2, Amazon UK (Sim free).
05/10/2010 - HTC Desire HD, 4.3" TFT, 720p, 1ghz, 8mp, OS: 2.2, Review.
01/10/2010 - Huawei Ideos, 2.8" capacitive, low res (320x240), 528mhz, 3.2mp, OS: 2.2 (Budget)
21/09/2010 - Orange San Francisco (ZTE Blade), 3.5" OLED/TFT Screen, 600mhz, 3mp, OS:2.1 (2.2 available unofficially), £99 PAYG, Review.
29/08/2010 - Sony Xperia X8, 3" ? screen, OS: 1.6 TrustedReviewsEngadget. (Budget)
25/08/2010 - Samsung Galaxy Europa, 2.8" cap. screen low-res QVGA*, 600mhz, 2mp, OS:2.1 (Budget)
24/08/2010 - Motorola Droid 2 / Milestone 2, 3.7" screen, 1ghz, 5mp, slide keyboard, OS:2.2, leakedReview.
19/08/2010 - LG Optimus (Prime? ;) GT540, 3" Resistive screen, OS:1.6,  TrustedReviews (Budget)
01/08/2010 - Acer Stream, 3.7" Capacitive AMOLED screen, OS: 2.1 Expansys.
00/08/2010 - Acer beTouch E400, 3.2" resistive screen, OS: 2.1 TrustedReviews. (Budget)
18/06/2010 - Motorola Droid X / Milestone X? 4.3" Capacitive, OS:2.1, Slashgear.
15/06/2010 - Samsung Beam i8250, 3.7" Capacitive AMOLED, OS: 2.1 
07/06/2010 - Motorola Droid / Milestone XT720, 3.7" Capacitive, 8mp, Xenon Flash, OS: 2.1, TracyandMatt.
06/06/2010 - Dell Streak, 5" screen (800 x 480 LCD), OS:1.6 (2.1 upgrade available) - Engadget, Review.

02/06/2010 - Motorola Flipout, 2.8" Capacitive, Keyboard, OS: 2.1 Expansys.
17/05/2010 - HTC Wildfire, 3.2" Capacitive screen, OS: 2.1, TechRadar.
28/04/2010 - Vodafone 845, 2.8" Capacitive, OS: 2.1, Register. (Budget)
01/04/2010 - T-Mobile Pulse Mini (by Huawei Man!) , 2.8" resisitive, 528mhz, 3.2mp, OS:2.1, Budget (£49-59, PAYG).
23/03/2010 - Samsung Galaxy S, 4.0" Capacitive AMOLED screen, 1ghz, 5mp, 720p, OS: 2.1 (2.2 available)
16/02/2010 - Sony X10 - 4.0" Capacitive screen, 1ghz, 8mp, 720p, OS: 1.6, TechRadar Review. (2.1 available)
16/02/2010 - Sony X10 Mini Pro - 2.55" capacitive screen, slide keyboard, OS: 1.6
16/02/2010 - Sony X10 Mini - 2.55" capacitive screen, OS: 1.6
16/02/2010 - HTC Desire, 3.7", 1ghz, OS: 2.1
16/02/2010 - HTC Legend, 3.2" Capacitive AMOLED screen, OS: 2.1, Engadget Review.
06/01/2010 - Motorola Backflip, 3.1" Capacitive, Keyboard, OS:1.5 Mobilefun. (US only?) 
05/01/2010 - Google Nexus One (HTC), 3.7", 1ghz, OS: 2.1

2009 Phones: 
01/12/2009 - Acer Liquid, 3.5" Capacititive, OS:1.6, Expansys.
11/09/2009 - Motorola Cliq (US) / Dext (UK), 3.1" Capacitive screen, slide keyboard, ThisAndroidLife.
08/09/2009 - HTC Tattoo/Ink, 2.8" QVGA Resistive Screen, TechRadar Review.
06/09/2009 - Motorola Droid (US) / Milestone (UK), 3.7" capacitive screen, slide keyboard, Engadget ReviewRecentlyReviewed.
03/09/2009 - T-Mobile Pulse (by Huawei), 3.2mp, OS:
24/06/2009 - HTC Hero / G2 (T-Mobile), Release OS 1.5, 3.2-inch HVGA Screen Capacitive, RR.
17/02/2009 - HTC Magic (Vodafone), OS, Review on RR.
05/02/2009 - HTC Dream / G1 (T-Mobile)

*Terms of reference:
Resistive screen = bad (slower, less responsive),
Capacitive screen = good,
AMOLED screens are very bright, colourful, but not so great in bright sunlight.
QVGA = bad, low resolution 320x240 :(

tbc... others to add:
Samsung Galaxy 551 (keyboard),
ZTE Racer (Three), 2.8" resistive, 600mhz, 3.2mp, OS:2.1, Budget

Comments

Anonymous said…
Nice brief overview of the android. Thanks!

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